Prolotherapy Specialist

Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center

Spine Surgeons & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Homer Glen, IL & Woodridge, IL

Prolotherapy is an orthopedic treatment that stimulates your body’s natural healing process to strengthen joints weakened from an injury or overuse. Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center, with offices in Homer Glen and Woodridge, Illinois, offers many non-operative treatments to heal the body, including prolotherapy. Call the office nearest you or request a consultation online today.

Prolotherapy Q & A

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy or ligament reconstruction therapy, is an injection that stimulates the body’s natural healing process for joint injuries.

Traditional treatments for joint problems, including surgery and medication, may fail to stabilize the joint and provide long-term pain relief. With prolotherapy, your provider at Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center directly addresses the cause of your joint instability.

The injection repairs the weakened site, producing new fibrous tissue, stabilizing the joint, improving function, and reducing your pain. 

How does prolotherapy work?

Prolotherapy works by creating a mild, controlled injury. The injection causes mild inflammation that encourages the growth of new tissue, tightening the weakened structure. 

These injections typically contain a local anesthetic and a natural substance that stimulates the healing response, usually dextrose.

Am I a candidate for prolotherapy?

Your provider at Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center determines if you’re a candidate for prolotherapy after a consultation. During the consultation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical exam, X-ray, and bloodwork.

That information allows your provider to fully evaluate your injury and determine if prolotherapy can benefit you.

They may recommend the regenerative treatment for:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sprains or strains
  • Tendon tears
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Low back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain

Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center uses prolotherapy to treat many joints, including the shoulder, knees, hips, ankle, wrist, and elbow. They also use the injection to treat conditions that affect the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. 

What happens during prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an in-office procedure performed by a board-certified physician. Your physician may use musculoskeletal ultrasound during prolotherapy to ensure the accurate placement of the injection.

You may have some mild pain, inflammation, and swelling following your procedure. These side effects resolve quickly. Your provider recommends using acetaminophen for pain relief and avoiding the use of anti-inflammatory medications during the healing process. 

Anti-inflammatory medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may suppress the inflammatory response, delaying the healing process. 

To gain the most benefits from prolotherapy, Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center recommends repeating the treatments every one to three weeks, allowing for a gradual building of new tissue to restore strength and function to your joint. 

To find out if prolotherapy can benefit you, call Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center or schedule a consultation online today.